SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Usk Women's Institute



Tuesday 9th January 2018, has seen SCLT volunteers Jon Williams & Ash Jones attending the regular meeting of the Usk Women's Institute (WI) in the Centenary Hall in the Monmouthshire village of Usk. The group meet regularly to keep abreast of local affairs, to enjoy guest speakers and to enjoy each others company over a cup of tea and a biscuit, whilst participating in arts and carfts competitions and attanging interesting trips to local amenities.


The SCLT presenters delivered one of their highly acclaimed enrichment lectures for the group on the subject of the British Honours System. This includes the history of the honours system, the process which an honours nomination goes through before a nominee is selected for an honour and a number of tips to follow in making a submission for a nomination.


All of the SCLT enrichment lectures are delivered with the support of state-of-the-art electronic illistration (Keynote) presentations, which include audio and video and are delivered by one of the highly experienced SCLT presenters, who are also members of the Professional Speakers Association and English Speaking Union.


The Women's Institute (WI), is a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.


The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (Llanfair PG), Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and it is now the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK. The organisation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 and currently has approximately 208,000 members in 7,000 WIs.


Amongst WI aims and activities are providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, enabling them to take part in a wide variety of activities, campaigning on issues that matter to them and their communities.


Every individual WI meets at least once a month and there is usually a speaker, demonstration or activity at every meeting for members to learn and develop a range of different skills. Craft has always played an important role in the WI and thousands of members are involved in a range of different crafts across England and Wales.


The Women's Institute is often associated with food, cooking and healthy eating, and food and cooking form an important part of the WI's history.


At the conclusion of the evening, Ash commented, “As ever, I have really enjoyed my visit to a Women’s Institute group. The Usk WI  audience have been one of my best of the year so far and really connected with our British Honours presentation. There were many great questions from the crowd and I was extremely honoured to meet one of the group's members, Miss Dora Sales, who was a recipient of an MBE in 2003 and brought along her medal to show the other members of the group. Her story of local volunteering in the community, is personification itself of why the British Honours System is such a treasured national institution”


Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the Senior Siren magazine – the award-winning crime prevention and lifestyle magazine of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team.


SCLT Volunteer Presenters Jon Williams (left) and Ash Jones (right) Usk WI Vice President Miss Dora Sales MBE

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